Roles and responsibilities in health and safety work
Good psychosocial working conditions require collaboration between management and employees. A good working environment is therefore the joint responsibility of everyone at the workplace.
When do you need to have a health and safety organisation?
The Danish Working Environment Act requires management and employees to work together to ensure a good working environment.
- If you are more than 10 employees at your shop, you must have a formal health and safety organisation and employees must elect a health and safety representative.
- If you are fewer than 10 employees at your shop, you still need to collaborate on health and safety efforts, but you do not need a formal organisation. You can simply address matters at a staff meeting, for example.
Tasks of managers
The manager is the employer representative in the health and safety organisation. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees can perform work appropriately in terms of health and safety. Managers take active part in the work of the health and safety organisation and have a right and a duty to ensure a good working environment.
- Resources: Download the BFA Handel leaflet Duties and responsibilities in the working environment – a guide for employers and managers (opens in new window).
Tasks of health and safety representatives
Health and safety representatives are elected by the employees and are tasked with focussing on and promoting health and safety at the company. This does not mean that health and safety representatives should do all the practical work themselves, but that they should be part of ensuring a good working environment and should focus on preventing working environment problems.
- Resources: Download the BFA Handel leaflet The roles and tasks of the Health and Safety Representative (opens in new window).
Tasks of employee representatives
Employee representatives are also elected by the employees and are tasked with broadly safeguarding the interests of employees in relation to management. Employee representatives also take part in work related to wellbeing and stress. The employee representative is often a member of the health and safety organisation. An employee representative can also be elected as the health and safety representative by the employees and thus perform both functions.
Tasks of employees
Each employee must take an active role in ensuring a good working environment. Among other things, this means supporting efforts by the health and safety organisation and following the rules laid down for the work. Employees can help increase focus on the working environment and be part of creating a culture where a good working environment is a natural part of daily life. On the other hand, employees must also make management aware of any faults or deficiencies that may negatively impact health and safety.
Find inspiration and read more
BFA Handel has created the website Lukop.nu (Look inside!) which features a wealth of stories, inspiration and examples for health and safety organisation efforts. The content of the website is based on experiences and examples from a large number of shops.
- Resources: Visit the website Lukop.nu – real working environment stories from shops (opens in new window – in Danish only).
The work and tasks of the health and safety organisation are laid down in an executive order by the Danish Working Environment Authority:
- Resources: Read the Executive Order on health and safety collaboration (opens in new window – in Danish only).